Merriam-Webster defines a mover and shaker as a person who is active or influential in some field or endeavor; a person who sets things in motion.
Twisted Root Gallery owner Adam Shelton is making a living by personifying precisely this; through his regular interactions with artists, business people and every day folks.
Shelton doesn’t create art, in the traditional sense. This fact doesn’t cause him to question his chosen work or lessen his aptitude for the arts because he possesses an alternative gift; the ability to make things happen.
“I am more of a mental artist,” he said. “Any interesting idea that comes my way, I want to push because I always try to make sure when an idea comes up that I can be the one to motivate people to make it go to the finish line, because most people just can’t do it.”
Recently, a friend of Shelton’s thought to gather scraps left by the May 20 tornado, and to transform them into art. Shelton, resident mover and shaker, embraced the idea and will display the pieces in an art show benefit next month to aid in tornado relief efforts.
“Everyone will get something out of it,” he said. “It’s not for me, it’s for everyone.”
Shelton’s gallery has been nestled in Oklahoma City’s historic Paseo Arts District for nearly 15 months. Offbeat visual artwork from 35 artists adorns the walls, wooden displays and rustic furniture of the gallery, 3012 N Walker.
“I don’t look for any particular type of art, I am more focused on finding the right personality then the art comes second to that,” Shelton said. “You have to be able to put your time and energy into this place, and I will put my time and energy into you.”
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